Stalberg unlikely to return in Game 2
BY MARK LAZERus firstname.lastname@example.org May 17, 2013 8:42PM
Chicago Blackhawks Vs Detroit Red Wings. Chicago Blackhawks No.25 Viktor Stalberg, battles with No.55 Niklas Kronwall in front of the Detroit Red Wings net. Friday 13, 2013 I Photo by Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
At Hawks 4
Red Wings 1
at Hawks, Ch. 5
6:30 p.m. Monday
at Detroit, NBCSN
7 p.m. Thursday
at Detroit, NBCSN
GAME 5 if necessary
TBD May 25
GAME 6 if necessary
TBD May 27
GAME 7 if necessary
TBD May 29
Updated: June 19, 2013 6:19AM
Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg was still in a white jersey, still skating outside the top four lines at practice Friday, meaning he likely will be a healthy scratch again in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the United Center.
“It’s frustrating, obviously,” Stalberg said. “Can’t really make it too much about yourself. It’s about winning games right now, and we won. It was a good start to the series. That’s what it’s about.”
Stalberg shed a little light on his benching. While Hawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t get into specifics, Stalberg said he was told to be more intense and play harder.
“It’s nothing you’ve never heard before,” Stalberg said. “Most guys, when they’re not playing, get to hear that. Nothing too different, but he wants me to produce more and be more effective out there. Hopefully, I can get back, and I’ll try to make a difference.’’
Keith, Handzus rested
Defenseman Duncan Keith and second-line center Michal Handzus didn’t practice Friday but are expected to play in Game 2.
‘‘They’re both fine,’’ Quenneville said.
The Blackhawks have won eight consecutive games against the Red Wings. That’s their second-longest winning streak against the Wings in the 87-year history of the rivalry. The Hawks won 13 in a row during an 18-0-1 run from April 8, 1970, to Jan. 17, 1973.
The Hawks were 4-0-0 against the Red Wings in the regular season. Since 2005-06, teams that have gone 3-0 or better against an opponent in the regular season are 10-1 against that team in the postseason. In 2008, the Canadiens went 4-0-0 vs. the Flyers, then lost 4-1 to Philadelphia in the second round of the playoffs.
Just warming up
Center Dave Bolland nearly repeated his third-line success of 2010 in his first game of the postseason, but he was stopped on a breakaway in Game 1. Still, the line of Bolland, Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell showed promise.
‘‘It was like the old days,’’ Bickell said. ‘‘We had some good chances. We felt good. I felt like we got our chemistry back, and hopefully we can keep this going.’’
Contributing: Mark Potash